50 dead, 95 injured as bomb blast hits Maiduguri

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At least 50 people were reportedly killed with 95 critically sustained injuries as a result of multiple
explosions that rocked Ajilari Railway Cross and Bintu Sugar suburbs of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Sources from National and International Humanitarian agencies that participated in the
evacuation of the victims told our Correspondent.

Other hospital sources put the death toll to over 60 as many of the injured victims could not make it as they died while receiving treatment today (Monday) morning.

Ajilari cross and Bintu Sugar are located at outskirt of Maiduguri which have witnessed series of boko haram attacks including bombings of football veiwing centre in recent past.

The explosions which were suspected to have been masterminded by suicide bombers occurred simultaneously at about 7:38pm, while the last four took place at about 8pm which has forced many residents to flee into main city for safety.

A lucky survivor based in Alilari who also work with one of the nation’s humanitarian agency told our Correspondent on phone that the first incident occurred at a popular telecommunication service
point where many people gather to buy/sale GSM recharge cards and other petty businesses.

Already, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman in an interview
with Journalists confirmed the multiple blasts but insisted that the number of casualties is yet to be ascertained.

He however cautioned residents of Maiduguri and its environs to be vigilante and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.

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